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walker Jul 1, 2008 06:24 PM

Is 00 Flour better than all purpose for homemade pasta dough? Do you know a good source (good price??) for this in San Francisco, Berkeley or Peninsula?

  1. Robert Lauriston Apr 20, 2013 02:05 PM

    Monterey Market still has both pasta and pizza Caputo 00 for $1.19. Bowl has none. Market Hall Pasta Shop and Star have Caputo pizza only.

    1. Robert Lauriston Nov 11, 2012 02:41 PM

      Anyplace in the East Bay currently selling Italbrand 00 (light blue bag)? The Bowl and Pasta Shop have both stopped carrying it.

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        sambamaster Nov 11, 2012 05:53 PM

        I have not seen 00 flour in the East Bay recently. I get mine from a great source that has 00 for pasta, another for pizza, etc. Though, honestly, I can't really tell the difference, I've used both and mixed and matched. But decent (King Arthur, Bob's, etc) unbleached white does a decent job. I studied pasta making in Bologna...rolling with a meter-long rolling pin, and have had similar results with all of these. Of course in Bologna, they use 00, but I don't recall it being a pasta-specific 00. Just don't use semolina or any other hard wheat flour.

        Here's the link to my mail order source:
        http://brickovenbaker.com/ingredients...

        1. re: sambamaster
          Robert Lauriston Nov 11, 2012 06:14 PM

          The Bowl has Caputo 00 bread flour. The Pasta Shop has three or four kinds, but not Italbrand.

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            rubadubgdub Jan 2, 2013 02:05 PM

            Monterey Market has 00 flour in their bulk bins. One for pizza and another for pasta. It's an Italian-sounding brand and only $1.19/lb.

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              rubadubgdub Feb 2, 2013 10:38 AM

              on second look it's caputo

        2. VanessaItalyinSF Jul 8, 2008 12:07 AM

          Lucca in the Marina (on chestnut) carries it, as well as Mastrelli's at the Ferry Building. Good luck!
          V.

          1. paprikahead Jul 7, 2008 10:38 PM

            Bi-Rite Market near Dolores Park also has it.

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            Bi-Rite Market
            3639 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

            1. scarmoza Jul 7, 2008 07:03 PM

              Lucca's Ravioli on Valencia and 22nd has 00 flour, too.

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                walker Jul 7, 2008 07:33 PM

                Thanks. Do you think I should use all 00 or 1/2 that and 1/2 unbleached all purpose?

                1. re: walker
                  scarmoza Jul 7, 2008 08:56 PM

                  Try it with all 00 flour. It will be one of the smoothest doughs you've ever rolled. Lucca's sells 00 flour in small 500 gram packages. The price used to be a bit over a dollar, I'm sure it's gone up but should be less than $1.50.

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                    walker Jul 7, 2008 11:15 PM

                    I think I paid about $2.79 for the little Ital brand pkg at Andronico. I'll try to get it in the bulk section at either WF or Rainbow. Do you use 2 eggs for 3 cups flour? Any olive oil and/or water? Ever try putting extra yolks?

                    1. re: walker
                      Robert Lauriston Jul 8, 2008 08:08 AM

                      For recipes and help with them, see the Home Cooking board, for example:

                      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/349709
                      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/497506

              2. The Chowhound Team Jul 2, 2008 02:34 PM

                Hey, folks, it sounds like this thread is brewing up some really interesting discussion of what types of flours are best for what types of food. While where to find certain types of flour is on topic for this board, the general 'what flour should I use for pasta vs. bread' conversation would be best over on our Home Cooking board, where hounds from all over the country will get a chance to see and benefit from it.

                So if you've got local sources for pasta flour, great, go ahead and post them. But if you've got recipe discussion or tips on what flour to use for what, please start a new thread on Home Cooking. We'd hate to see people miss out on that conversation because they're looking in the wrong spot.

                1. pane Jul 2, 2008 09:59 AM

                  I've bought it at Rainbow to make pizza. Results were good, but the flour was definitely expensive (can't remember exactly how much) and it is imported (I've been trying to do the local foods thing for a while), so I haven't used it more than that one time.

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                  1. re: pane
                    Robert Lauriston Jul 2, 2008 10:07 AM

                    Generally you want a different type of 00 for pizza (higher protein) than for pasta (lower).

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                    chemchef Jul 2, 2008 06:40 AM

                    The Pasta Shop in Berkeley (both) sells 00 flour.

                    1. ChowFun_derek Jul 2, 2008 05:22 AM

                      9:00am-8:00pm, seven days.

                      Golden Natural Foods. 130 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114
                      between Market and Duboce across from the Market St. Safeway

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                        dudesinmexico Jul 1, 2008 10:08 PM

                        Rainbow Grocery in SF sells 00 italian flour

                        1. Robert Lauriston Jul 1, 2008 07:24 PM

                          Berkeley Bowl has 00 flour that makes great fresh pasta provided you follow a recipe written with 00 pasta flour in mind.

                          There are many kinds of 00, not all are appropriate for fresh pasta.

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                            walker Jul 1, 2008 09:08 PM

                            I found a very small, expensive bag of Ital brand 00 at Andronico and just used the Hazan recipe that calls for all purpose flour. What recipe do you use?

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                              SteveG Jul 2, 2008 12:41 PM

                              00 is just the grind size; any protein content can be 00. Batali says, "Soft wheat flour, does however, produce the tender pasta at the heart of Emilia-Romagna's cuisine. Hard wheat flour, conversely, is lower in starch and higher in protein and gluten, producing firm and resilient pasta and superior bread. Durum wheat is high in gluten and is usually ground into semolina, a slightly coarser flour used in pasta production, particularly in the South of Italy. When purchasing flour, look at the nutrition panel for the protein content, which is listed in grams per pound."

                              Essentially, for thin tender ethereal pasta, I've found the pastry flour in the bulk bins at Rainbow Grocery to be perfect. For everyday pastas I just use all purpose. For rustic pastas with a rougher texture and thicker noodles, I mix in 1/3 or even 100% semolina, again from the bulk bin at Rainbow Grocery. Sometimes I experiment with hard winter wheat Durum (bulk bins), which I think is similar in protein/gluten to semolina but more finely ground if I want a finer texture.

                              As a home cook, you should start with all purpose; then try some with lower protein cake or pastry flour (might use less liquids per cup of flour). Then try some semolina, using liquid according to feel, and don't do it when you have guests coming because the rougher texture makes it harder to handle and the first time you aren't guaranteed results that are worth the effort.

                              1. re: SteveG
                                Robert Lauriston Jul 2, 2008 05:08 PM

                                In my experience, 00 pasta flour gives better results than American all-purpose, and using part semolina will give you the opposite effect of using 00 pasta flour, but those are topics for the Home Cooking board.

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                                  walker Jul 17, 2008 07:19 PM

                                  Update: I thought Berkeley Bowl would have 00 in bulk but they only had those small Ital bags, $2.29 - so, it's cheaper than Andronico. I called Rainbow re bulk 00 and they have it for .99cents lb so that sounds good. I was looking for White Lily flour for cupcakes and it seems Andronico carries it.

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